Americans have been driving less since 2005

Summary:An eight-year trend suggests that perhaps the U.S. should re-examine its infrastructure priorities.

The U.S. auto industry may have rebounded following the recession, but it turns out that overall, Americans are driving less - and have been since 2005.

While the recession and high gas prices undoubtedly play a role in this shift, in recent years there has also been a well-documented drop in interest from young people in driving, as well as a growing number of seniors who have stopped driving.

A video by Streetfilms emphasizes that despite the shift away from cars, infrastructure priorities have not adapted accordingly, and cities have not seen the types of improvements to public transit, cycling and walking infrastructure that would accommodate the growing number of people using those alternate modes of transportation. SmartPlanet recently noted that the U.S. infrastructure received a "D+" from the American Society of Civil Engineers. While transit received a D in that report, rail - which has in fact seen moderate investment recently - received a C+.

Progress in the country's public transportation has been halting at best. Perhaps trends like this one are a sign that the U.S. should re-examine its infrastructure priorities.

Photo: Streetfilms/screenshot

via [TreeHugger]

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Contributing Editor Channtal Fleischfresser has worked for The Economist, WNET/Channel 13, Al Jazeera English, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Full Bio

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